Words on wort – diary of a fledgling homebrewer

20 April 2015 // Food and Drink //Pint/Cake

By Ben McCormick 2: Here come the Belgians While spring spurs the creative spirit in homebrewers as it does in almost everything else, the summer months are the cruelest. Once the mercury – or whatever it is they have in thermometers these days – rises above the comfortable early twenties, it’s almost as if there […]

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Pint by the River: a springtime selection

14 April 2015 // Food and Drink //Pint/Cake

Words and picture by Roger Clapham. At the risk of sounding like a half-arsed politician, it seems the fabled “green shoots” – although of spring rather than some miraculous national economic turnaround – are now here. It’s daylight when you get up, the landscape seems less grey than it did a month ago, the clock […]

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Beer Advent Calendar

1 December 2014 // Food and Drink //Pint/Cake

Thanks to the success of what was, quite frankly, the cheekiest Kickstarter campaign we’ve ever seen, the annual assault on the liver that is Ben McCormick’s Beer Advent Calendar is back. Tune in daily as our intrepid correspondent chronicles December’s ups and downs through ale-tinted glasses, one bottle at a time.

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Pint by the River – Indy Man Beer Con

19 September 2014 // Pint/Cake

Words by Ben McCormick A little over two years ago, the people partly responsible for dragging the Manchester beer scene away from its moribund self when they opened the Port Street Beer House decided they wanted to do the same for beer festivals.

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Pint by the River Taff – Otley Brewing

2 September 2014 // Pint/Cake

By Roger Clapham. So it was another trip to Wales for me the other weekend, and that meant more Welsh beer – never a bad thing in my book. This time I picked up a number of beers from the award-winning Otley Brewing Company, who despite their name are not based in Otley near Leeds, […]

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